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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

Delta County Commissioner John Malnar says solar development is going to be good for Delta County but an ordinance is needed, he says, to make sure that everyone’s needs are meet in areas where solar projects might be developed. He county planning commission has been working on an ordinance for nearly a year.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

State Rep. Beau LaFave tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time during the holidays. He says it was a much milder case than when he was infected in September of 2020.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Gladstone may wait a year before acting on getting a state revolving loan to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. Gladstone City Manager Eric Buckman says they will move forward with requesting bids for the project in April but if they receive no or few bids or if bids are too high they may gamble and wait until next year when more federal money is available.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022

Despite the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and business ownership changes in the area, Julie Mallard with the United Way of Delta County says they are fairly close to the $170,000 mark that was raised last year.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 10, 2021

A 68-year-old Gladstone man died in a traffic crash early Friday afternoon east of Rapid River. The Michigan State Police say 56-year-old William Rose was westbound  on US-2 when black ice caused him to lose control of his vehicle on the bridge east of the Rapid River School. The passenger in Rose’s vehicle, Stanley Chilicki, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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Newscast Friday. Jan. 7, 2022

The number of duplicate addresses at Round Lake in the northeastern part of Delta County was more than county officials originally thought when they first became aware of the conflicts. It poses to be a major problem for first responders during an emergency.

 

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says central dispatch director Jen Peterson is working with the county’s building and zoning department to assign correct addresses.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

A settlement has been reached with Verso Corporation over a black liquor discharge in 2020 that killed fish on the Escanaba River. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy  announced the settlement for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System violations at the company’s Escanaba Paper Mill.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

The Delta County Board on a 3-2 vote last night sent a proposed solar ordinance back to its planning commission to address concerns over some of its restrictions and to hold another public hearing. At the same time, the board is asking the Delta County Prosecutor to determine if one or more commissioners have a conflict voting on a solar ordinance.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

Troopers at the Gladstone State Police Post will continue its focus on speeders in 2022. Post Commander 1st Lt Gregg Cunningham says they are staying with that initiative in the new year because it remains a problem in the U.P.

 

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Newscast Monday, Jan. 3, 2022

The Escanaba School District has installed new camera systems in and around its school buildings to provide immediate, real time access to first responders if violence occurs. A letter to parents yesterday talked about the steps that the school district has taken to be proactive in case of violence.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

Two local fishermen are being recognized with Distinguished Citizens Awards from the Michigan State Police for their part in rescuing three people who capsized on Little Bay de Noc last May.

 

Gladstone Post Commander 1st Lt. Gregg Cunningham says Kieth Soderman and Trevor Palmer helped Trooper Josiah Povich reach a third person having difficulty getting out of the cold water.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021

Looking to be healthier in the new year? Getting more exercise was the top resolution in 2021. Hadele Peacock with the Northern Lights YMCA in Escanaba exercise not only helps with losing weight and being fit, it can also improve your mental well being.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 27, 2021

Free Liferides will once again be available in Delta County on New Year’s Eve. Joanna Wilbee-Amis with OSF Healthcare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group says Liferides are offered in an effort to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 24, 2021

The Escanaba School District is preparing information that it will release before classes start again in January on how it is going to handle future threats to the school. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says they can not tolerate even minor attempts to disrupt the normal school day.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

Escanaba’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee was updated on a project at the Upper Elementary School to improve bus drop off and pick up at the school. Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche says it was something that the advisory committee had been asking for for a long time.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

Gladstone schools planned to be open last Friday despite concern over a national TikToc challenge promoting school violence. School Superintendent Jay Kulbertis says they arranged to have a police presence last Friday to help alleviate fears of students and parents and then…

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021

Escanaba’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee will discuss an ORV ordinance tonight that would allow off-road vehicles on city streets. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the idea is to connect the city with the ORV trailhead at the west end of Escanaba.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

Escanaba is looking at replacing the Aronson Island bridge next year. The bridge was damaged in July when a woman struck the north wall. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan says the bridge is 100 years and needs to be replaced.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

Upper Peninsula Schools are responding to a national online Tic Tok challenge encouraging youth to bring weapons to school today. Escanaba, Gladstone, Mid Peninsula, Rapid River and Hannaville schools are all closed today because of the challenge.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

The city of Escanaba is considering whether or not to allow ATVs on city streets. It’s a topic this month in both the Escanaba Recreation Advisory and Traffic Safety Advisory Committees. Escanaba Recreation Department Director Kim Peterson says it would provide ATV users access the city from the trailhead at the west end of town.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

Property owners assessed on the 9th Street Project in Gladstone will benefit from a reduction in the cost of the bonds sold to finance the project. The Gladstone Downtown Downtown Development Authority and city commission decided at a joint meeting this week to pass all of the savings on to the assessed property owners.

 

Gladstone City Commissioner Brad Mantella says the special assessment will be reduced this year and the bond payments shortened from 15 to 13 years.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

An effort is being made to address the mental health issues of children at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Program Director Patrick Bradway says it is one of the goals in the new year.

 

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Newscast Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

Area school superintendents are meeting with court and law enforcement officials today to talk about when schools should include law enforcement to avert potential violence.

 

Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School Superintendent Doug Leisenring says they want a conversation on when a problem should be referred to law enforcement or the courts.

 

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Newscast Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner says there have been cases in Delta County where they worked with school officials to prevent potential violence at area schools. In light of the school shooting in Oxford, Gardner says he wants the community to know that they take threats to schools seriously.

 

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Newscast Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo says she was pleased to hear that Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan is willing to take ownership of the former Delta County Jail in order to find a potential developer. DeSalvo says a purchase agreement would have to be agreed to between the county and the city.

 

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